We appreciate the help and support of our staff, students and families as we respond to the challenges of the pandemic.
September 14, 2021
As mentioned last week, it’s possible your child’s school bus route may change as we process transportation requests and we want you to be aware as soon as possible. If your child is currently signed up for transportation, we ask that you please check your school bus routes in Infinite Campus the afternoon of Tuesday September 14 to verify the bus routes for Wednesday September 15.
In Infinite Campus Parent Portal you can check the stop location, route number and time. If there’s no information, you are not signed up for school bus transportation..
Please know that we are all doing our best to work through challenges specific to school bus transportation and greatly appreciate your patience and understanding as we do so. We apologize for any inconvenience the changes may cause.
We are always working hard to recruit additional drivers, but like many districts throughout the country, we are facing a shortage. If you, or someone that you know, is interested in joining and serving with our great driving team, please visit www.ISD709.org/Jobs to apply.
August 24, 2021
- Duluth Public Schools will begin the school year with students in-person 5 days a week.
- At this time, distance learning PK-8, as well as hybrid learning format are not being offered in the 2021-22 school year.
- Students Grades 9 - 12 who desire distance learning are encouraged to enroll in ISD 709’s Academic Excellence Online High School. Learn details at ISD709.org/AEO.
- Mask wearing will continue to be required for students age 2 and older, ISD 709 employees and the public in all ISD 709 buildings as the school year begins.
- Children under 2 years of age or people of any age who are unable to tolerate wearing a face covering because of a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability are not required to wear a face covering.
- Vaccinations for COVID-19 for those 12 and older are strongly recommended and encouraged, but are not currently required by the school district.
- Vaccine clinics may be offered in partnership with our community health partners.
- Information on Saint Louis County vaccine clinics can be found here.
- The State of Minnesota’s vaccine locator can be found here.
- The Safe Learning Plan also includes updated guidance for building use by the community, athletics & activities, cleaning and day-to-day operations, among other information.
August 12, 2021
We’re excited to welcome you and your child to the new school year!
There are three important forms we are asking families to complete as soon as possible. Thank you in advance for providing this information, it will help school staff prepare to welcome and serve students in September.
1. 2021-22 Blended Learning 1 to 1 Agreement: Required for All Families Grades K-12
- If you are the parent/guardian of a student entering Grades 3 through 12, this form is an agreement to loan your child a Chromebook for the school year. The device will be used as part of our Blended Learning Initiative. Blended learning enhances in-person learning by providing each student educational access to digital and online resources. Blended learning is not distance learning.
- If you are a parent/guardian of a child age 18 years and younger, this form provides consent for your student to use district approved online resources for instructional purposes. To continue to provide students with the most effective tools to enhance their learning, teachers and librarians may use educational web-based programs and applications. Many of the educational web-based programs and applications require parent permission for children age 18 and under.
2. MN Department of Education Digital Survey
The MN Department of Education is asking all families to complete a Digital Survey.
- The survey will provide district-level summary data—in other words, no personal, identifying information—to MN legislators, MN agency staff and their external partners for the purpose of improving educational outcomes and digital access for public school students across the state.
3. Application for Educational Benefits Form
We encourage families to fill out this form to help support important school funding.
- Families qualifying for free/reduced school meals via this form may also qualify for reduced school activity fees, benefits and other discounts.
- Approved applications generate state funding that provides important services and programs for Duluth students.
- A decline in approved applications now can result in loss of millions of dollars in school funding and less programs and services for students in the next school year.
- Fill out the form anywhere, anytime - the process is secure, confidential, convenient and available 24/7.
If you would rather complete hard copy forms, go to www.ISD709.org/BackToSchool. Print and complete the forms and return them to your school office.
Again, thank you for taking time to complete these forms and best wishes for a great school year!
August 5, 2021
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